When: Thursday, Jan 31 | 2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: MTCC 203A

Days: Thursday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Public Libraries. Subjects: Assessment, Data, and Library Buildings and Space.


Developing a Facilities Master Plan for a public library can be a daunting undertaking – branch networks are aging, communities are constantly evolving, and limited capital budgets face multiple competing demands. Implementing the plan once it’s developed can pose just as many challenges – as well as provide your library with rewarding results and learnings.

Join us for this open and intriguing discussion as two public libraries share what they did, how they did it, and what they learned in developing and implementing a Facilities Master Plan to meet the library space needs of their respective communities.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

• The results of an assessment – the good, the bad and the ugly – of a facilities network

• The creation of a facility model, branch location guidelines, and strategic priorities for capital investment

• Lessons learned in implementing a Facilities Master Plan – successes earned and challenges faced along the way

• How these learnings will lay the foundation for the next plan to be developed

Through this session, we hope to create a library network to exchange ideas, stories, and experiences about facilities planning so that we can support each other to build and grow on our foundations, well into the future.